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U.S. speedskater gives Olympic spot to her teammate who failed to qualify

January 11, 2022, 1:49 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The U.K. prepares to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the minor leagues get their first female manager, and an Olympic speedskater gave her friend and teammate the ultimate gift. Have a great Tuesday.

– The gift of the Games. The number of times I’ve seen friends share this story—”Omicron Means Parents Are Doing It All Again, Except This Time Dead Inside“—tells me we could all use some feel-good news, and, well, this certainly fits the bill:

At the U.S. speedskating trials last week, lead contender Erin Jackson slipped in the 500-meter race and came in third, meaning she missed the U.S. Olympic team, which only takes the No. 1 and No. 2 finishers. It was a huge disappointment for Jackson, the world’s top skater in the discipline.

But Jackson’s friend and teammate Brittany Bowe, who finished first in the 500-meter race, couldn’t stand the thought of Jackson missing the Winter Games. On Sunday, Bowe, who’d also qualified for the 1,000- and 1,500-meter races, gave Jackson her spot in the 500-meter event and a chance to compete in Beijing.

Bowe says Jackson’s No. 1 world ranking meant Jackson deserved a shot at Olympic glory despite her misstep at the trials.

“Erin has a shot to bring home a medal—hopefully a gold medal—and it’s my honor to give her that opportunity,” Bowe said, according to the Washington Post.

2022 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Long Track Speedskating
Erin Jackson (left) and Brittany Bowe speak to the media during the 2022 U.S. Speedskating Long Track Olympic Trials on Jan. 9, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisc.
Stacy Revere—Getty Images

Jackson says “this gift from a very close friend of mine” will make the Olympic experience “so much sweeter.”

“[I]t would be awesome for both of us to be able to stand on the top of the podium in our races and just kind of share that moment,” Jackson said.

Bowe will still compete at the games, but forfeiting her spot in the 500-meter race means she’s sacrificing a chance at another medal and the perks and sponsorship opportunities that might accompany it. The Winter Olympics are (somehow!) right around the corner; they start Feb. 4. They will no doubt be clouded by COVID and geopolitical news, but the Bowe-Jackson friendship seems like one positive story that can cut through the noise.

Claire Zillman
claire.zillman@fortune.com
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ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

- First and last. The Washington Post analyzed decades of census records to create the first searchable database of slaveholding members of Congress. That process unearthed the slaveholding record of Rebecca Latimer Felton, who, at 87, served in the Senate for one day in 1922. The Senate's first woman was also its last member known to have enslaved people. Latimer Felton "grew up surrounded by enslaved people, received other humans as property as a wedding dowry, and lived on her husband’s plantation." Washington Post

- Show time. Symone Sanders, the former chief spokeswoman for Vice President Kamala Harris, is heading to MSNBC. Sanders, who left the administration late last year, is joining the network as an anchor and will host a new weekend program. Her hiring is one of the first big programming moves by Rashida Jones, who became president of the channel in February. New York Times

- Home run. Rachel Balkovec is set to become manager of the New York Yankees' Low-A squad, the Tampa Tarpons. That position would make her the first female manager in the minor leagues. It's just Balkovec's latest glass ceiling-shattering move, following her 'firsts' as a strength coach and Yankees hitting coach. The Athletic

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Fast Company editor-in-chief Stephanie Mehta will become CEO and chief content officer for Mansueto Ventures, the magazine's parent company. Axel Springer tapped WNYC CEO Goli Sheikholeslami as CEO of Politico Media. Internews Europe CEO Jodie Ginsberg will become president of the Committee to Protect Journalists. After leaving NPR, Audie Cornish will join CNN as an anchor and correspondent for the new streaming service CNN+. M Booth Health hired Weber Shandwick EVP and global director of digital health Stacey Bernstein as CEO. ServiceNow hired Accenture North America inclusion and diversity leader Karen Pavlin as chief equity and inclusion officer. At natural foods company Quinn, Kristy Lewis will step down as CEO and become 'chief visionary officer' and chair of the board. Former Northrop Grumman corporate counsel for litigation Tamra Moore joins King & Spalding as partner on the health care team. 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

- Bright spot. Sunday night's Golden Globes weren't televised after last year's drama with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but there were still some newsworthy awards. Michaela Jaé Rodriguez became the first trans actress to win a Globe, winning best actress in a TV drama for her role on FX’s PoseThe Cut 

- Platinum party. The U.K. is preparing to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, or her 70 years on the throne–the longest-ever reign for a British monarch. Buckingham Palace yesterday unveiled the jubilee plans, which include a four-day bank holiday in June, a baking competition to create the "platinum pudding," and 200,000 neighborhood street parties. WSJ

- Cross-country skiingIn even more sports news, this story looks at Eileen Gu, a freestyle skiier who is competing for China in the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The 18-year-old was born in the Bay Area and still lives in the U.S.; she switched affiliations in 2019 to represent China, where her mother was born. One of Gu's sponsors, Red Bull, wrote on its website that Gu "[gave] up her American passport and naturalize[d] as a Chinese citizen in order to compete for China," but scrubbed the line after media inquiries. The athlete declined to comment for this story and hasn't confirmed that she gave up her American citizenship. WSJ

ON MY RADAR

Genevieve Beacom becomes first woman to pitch for professional baseball team in Australia Sports Illustrated

Shaving brand Billie moves into Walmart Business of Fashion

How The Lost Daughter defies centuries of stereotypes of motherhood Vanity Fair

PARTING WORDS

"Everyone knows what the stakes are. ... We are bad-ass scientists."

-Battery scientist Susan Babinec on the United States' efforts to get back to the top of battery technology

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